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Eye On Olympia archive for Jan. 1, 2009



Schoesler gives a shout-out to radio icon...

From the Senate floor this a.m.:"I recall my younger days on an old tractor with only AM radio...Every day at noon, I could hear Paul Harvey," said Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville.Harvey, 90, died Saturday in Arizona."When there weren't a lot of other choices on talk…

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Kristen Silva gives her chickens a snack in July at Entropy Farm near Cheney.  (Photos by DAN PELLE / The Spokesman-Review)

They shoot dogs, don't they?

The state Senate this morning passed what is probably one of the most misunderstood bills of 2009: eliminating a 1929 law that required sheriffs and dog owners to gun down dogs that attack livestock or are wandering around without a license.In the blogosphere -- with…

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Stalking the wily legislator...and Brown bears...

-The Olympian's Adam Wilson has a humorous introduction to the legislature. It's particularly welcome given the mid-session tenor of the capitol campus right now. (Mid-point: Thursday.)-And our own Becky Kramer has a long profile of Simon ffitch, with the attorney general's Public Counsel office. It's…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009

TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009

Olympia code... 

But I reckon they all would like to see "all options on the table," which has come to mean "raise taxes" in much the same way "tax reform" means "pass an income tax." -Richard Davis, in a blog post about a spat over the economist…

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009

FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009

THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009

Revenue forecast numbers:

For the remainder of the 07-09 biennium: down $721 million from what was thought in Nov.For the 09-11 biennium: down $1.587 billion. Biggest drops: sales and use tax ($823 million) and real estate excise tax ($394 million).Total loss from November's numbers: $2.3 billion.

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